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Campus MovieFest Finale

Wesleyan Women in Film invites you:

Do you need a night of glitz, glamour, lights, and red carpet fun? Do you like movie snacks? Then come and see some amazing Wesleyan Student films!

The Campus MovieFest Red Carpet Finale will be in Exley 150 on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 7:30PM! Doors open at 7:00PM, and seats fill quick, so arrive early!

The Top 16 films will be showcased. Plus, there will be a bunch of door prizes anyone can win, including a Harry Potter movie box set, an Alfred Hitchcock movie box set, and a Google Chromecast! You do not want to miss this event!

Film Production Bootcamp

From Gabriel Elder ’11:

Wesleyan film productions are underway and the seniors need your help!

If you’re interested in working on a senior film production, come learn the ropes this Friday at the Center for Film Studies.  We will be doing a short but detailed workshop covering all the equipment we use on the set.  Big lights, cameras, dollies, sound equipment and much much more!  Anyone interested in film production should feel free to attend.

Date: Oct. 8
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Place: Center for Film Studies

Joss Whedon bids on “Terminator”

joss-whedon-282x300There’s an “open letter” purportedly from Joss Whedon circulating the Internets, in which he makes a bid for the Terminator franchise.

An Open Letter to the Terminator Owners. From a Very Important Hollywood Mogul

Dear Sirs/Ma’ams,

I am Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind Titan A.E., Parenthood (not the movie) (or the new series) (or the one where ‘hood’ was capitalized ’cause it was a pun), and myriad other legendary tales. I have heard through the ‘grapevine’ that the Terminator franchise is for sale, and I am prepared to make a pre-emptive bid RIGHT NOW to wrap this dealio up. This is not a joke, this is not a scam, this is not available on TV. I will write a check TODAY for $10,000, and viola! Terminator off your hands.

Read the whole hilarious thing here:

Deadline: Joss Whedon makes bid for ‘Terminator’

[Thanks to Ben Kuller ’10 for the tip.]

Ray Tintori ’06 to write, direct Spike Jonze film

ray tintoriRay Tintori ’06, who directed MGMT’s music video for “Kids,” was recently featured in New York Magazine for his latest project: writing and directing for Spike Jonze.

Jonze, a fan of the “Kids” video, chose Tintori to adapt Shane Jone’s novel Light Boxes. In Ray’s words:

I met Spike over a three-hour dinner at Balthazar to talk about adapting Shane Jones’s novel Light Boxes. I grew up on Spike’s work, but it wasn’t like meeting the queen of England. It was a conversation, a collaboration. He told me he liked the baby seat in the video I did for MGMT’s “Kids.” You have no idea: That was one of those things where you pour all this work into a detail and you wonder, Is anyone even going to notice this? And then it’s Spike Jonze noticing, which was cool.

I directed MGMT’s videos because they’re from Wesleyan, too, and I didn’t want anyone else to get it wrong. But I don’t want to be known as one of those Brooklyn kids who smokes pot all day and looks at cats. After college I moved to New Orleans to make a movie. I had tried working as a P.A. for a film shooting in Bushwick, but everyone expects you to work for free, so I figured I might as well be doing my own work.

When my senior thesis played at Sundance, people pushed me to direct easy features, but I’m not good at mercenary work. I’m too weird. You know how I calm down when I’m editing? I listen to Shields and Brooks on NewsHour online— stuff from, like, 1996.

New York: Ray Tintori on Working with Spike Jonze on “Light Boxes”


Matthew Weiner ’87 Discusses Mad Men, Wesleyan origins

So this article is a few months old, but fellow Mad Men obsessives will enjoy it.  In a book/blog entitled The Good Men Project, which has “Real Stories from the Front Lines of Manhood”, there is an interesting profile of Matthew Weiner ’87.  He discusses how women are portrayed on the show, and his study of feminism and poetry at Wesleyan:

Weiner is surprised by the idea that he, or his show, is sexist. “The treatment of women on Mad Men is the point,” he says emphatically. “The women characters are informed not only by my mother, an attorney, and two older sisters, an attorney and a doctor, but by the philosophical underpinnings of what I learned at Wesleyan. It’s right out of The Feminine Mystique. My show is saying ‘This is not right.’”

The most exciting ideas on campus involved feminism,” Weiner says. His eyes light up when he talks about the impact of his freshman poetry course taught by Professor of English Gertrude Hughes. He was one of two men in the class. “Like Emily Dickinson, I was drawn to the hormonal teenage experience of loneliness, of the reality of death, and of sexual awakening.” In the poems of women—from Dickinson to Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, and Denise Levertov—he discovered a form for his exploration of the outsider who tries to don a mask of acceptability, but often fails.

The dream sequences on Mad Men can be mystifying (Betty and the caterpillar?), but Weiner has long been interested in dreams:

At Wesleyan, Weiner became obsessed with his dreams. They were so vivid that he sometimes recalled them as real. He dreamed about walking around campus at noon only to find it deserted; he dreamed about talking to his late Grandpa Max, about talking to an amalgamation of people in a single body, about talking to the sun.

Professor of Psychology J.J. Conley took him on in an independent study course to explore the biology, psychology, and literary explanations for his sleeping visions.

Weiner also discusses how he came to Wesleyan to study poetry, but professors were unimpressed with his work.  COL professor Franklin Reeve finally took him on for an independent study.  Reeve remembers Weiner as an original and determined student:

Although Weiner wrote poetry daily at Wesleyan, he couldn’t convince faculty members that his work was good enough to get into a class. Finally, he took his poems to Professor of Letters Franklin Reeve, father of Christopher, for an independent study. Their first meeting was rocky. Reeve found much to criticize, but he was also amused by Weiner’s sense of irony.

“Matt never quite fit,” Reeve said in a phone interview. “He had a spunky original streak that meant his writing wasn’t successful the way others were. He was determined to reinvent the wheel in a wonderful way, which made him a stimulating and rewarding student to work with.”


The profile has lots of interesting tidbits.  Apparently the scene where Glenn (played by Weiner’s son Marten) walked in on Betty in the bathroom and asked for a lock of hair actually happened to Weiner when he was young, and had a crush on his babysitter.  If you don’t already know, Mad Men airs every Sunday at 10 pm on AMC, and is in my humble opinion, the best show on television.

Profile: the Making of Mad Men

Alum seeks Wes women to interview about sex

Wesleyan females, Aaron Lammer ’03 wants to ask you about sex. It doesn’t seem as sketchy as it sounds.

He’s working on a screenplay set during a girl’s freshman year of college in a school non-coincidentally similar to Wesleyan, a project that he is developing with a commercial/music video director and some other Wes alumni.

As part of the process of revising the script, and because no one likes a man writing badly in the voice of a woman, he’s interviewing women about sex and the early years of college.

If you’re interested, read on for more details after the jump.

Michael Bay to Quit Transformers?

Horror of horrors. Michael Bay ’86 is getting out of the Transformers game. Why? Because he doesn’t like negative reviews from critics.

“It’s easy to go shoot an art movie in a winery in the South of France. But people have no idea how hard it is to create something like Transformers. They (the critics) review me before they’ve even seen the movie…After the three and a half years I’ve spent making these movies, I feel like I’ve had enough of the Transformers world.”

Is there more than meets the eye for Michael Bay? Maybe:

“I need to do something totally divergent, something without any explosions.”

You can read more about this shocking turn of events here

This reminds me of the time when Michael Jordan retired from basketball and started playing baseball. And then he played in an intergalactic basketball game with Bugs Bunny, Bill Murray, and Newman against Monstars, wherein he realized that basketball was actually his true calling. Hopefully a similar set of circumstances will allow Michael Bay to see the error of his ways, resulting in an explosively awesome Bad Boys-Transformers crossover.

The Onion Honors the Film Mafia’s Finest Alum

Apparently The Onion doesn’t like Transformers or Wesleyan’s distinguished alumnus, Michael Bay ’86.

LOS ANGELES—In the largest deal ever made to shit out a movie, Warner Bros. and director Michael Bay announced a landmark $50 million agreement this week to monumentally fuck up ThunderCats.

“I couldn’t be more excited to completely fuck this up,” said Bay, who plans to begin production on destroying the live-action adaptation next month. “ThunderCats has a great story, endearing characters, action, adventure, space-travel, and fantasy. It will be an honor to run it into the ground.”

Read all of the inspired and hilarious Bay hatefest here.